Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation

During Year 4, our children are given the opportunity to make the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

This is a major part in the life of a Catholic. Though no one can replace the role of the parent/carer in preparing your child for this special moment, you are not alone in this task.

We follow the Diocesan Sacramental Preparation Programme. This programme involves home, parish and school.

The parish and school will always be ready to help and support. Our school, in its Religious Education lessons, will teach your child about Jesus, the Church, the Sacraments and especially about Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

Our Lady and St Joseph Brooms Primary School and our Parish Catechist work very closely together to prepare the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the First Holy Communion celebration. The preparation of our children for these sacraments is an important time in the life of every school and Parish. It presents a special opportunity for developing their relationship with God, each other and society.

You will know that your child is ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation when in their own way they:

Know that God loves them and is always ready to forgive no matter what;

Know and understand what is meant by sin;

Are able to reflect on their own behaviour;

They want to express sorrow and to make amends;

And appreciate the place and importance of Reconciliation.

You will know that your child is ready to make their First Communion when in their own way they:

Know about Jesus, they pray to him want want to receive Communion with him and his church;

Show reverence and respect;

Know the difference between Holy Communion and ordinary food;

Be attentive and aware of what is happening during Mass;

Have some sense of belonging to the parish family.

Sacramental Programme 2023 – 2024

1st session Wednesday 1 November 2023 in school

LITURGY 2 Saturday 18 November 2023 in church at vigil mass

2nd session Tuesday 21 November 2023 in school

LITURGY 3 Saturday 2 December 2023 in church at vigil mass

3rd session Tuesday 5 December 2023 in school

Carol Service Sunday 17 December 2023 Brooms church 2pm

First Confession Tuesday 16 January 2024 Brooms church 5.30pm

LITURGY 4 Saturday 3 February 2024 in church at vigil mass

4th session Tuesday 6 February 2024 in school

LITURGY 5 Saturday 9 March 2024 in church at vigil mass

5th / 6th session Tuesday 12 March 2024 in school

Liturgy 7 Saturday 20 April 2024 in church at vigil mass

7th session Tuesday 23 April 2024 in school

First Holy Communion celebration Saturday 18 May 2024 at Brooms Church

Going Forth Mass to be arranged

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Huge congratulations to our Year 4 pupils who made their First Confession on Tuesday evening. Well done. Thank you to Fr John and Mrs Wilks for their hard work in preparing the children for this sacrament.

Visit to see His Holiness the Pope

Mrs Cruise was fortunate enough to get these special items blessed by His Holiness Pope Francis on her recent visit to Rome. She kindly gifted a set of blessed rosary beads to each child. What a special gift for our children and an amazing experience for Mrs Cruise

Ash Wednesday

Masses for Ash Wednesday – 14 February 2024 St Mary’s, Blackhill – 10am St Pius, Moorside – 10am St Patrick’s, Consett – 12noon Our Lady and St Joseph, Brooms – 7pm


The children and staff have had a wonderful time and are back home safely. Thank you to the staff at Dukeshouse Wood for making their visit so enjoyable and memorable. The children have had a wonderful time participating in all activities.


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